January 12th, 2010
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| | Re: Intel Quad Core VS Intel Core i3-530
The Core i3's are substantially faster than the Core 2 Duos at just about everything...apart from gaming. It depends on the chips you compare, but against the E8400, 8500, and 8600, they are better or worse depending on the game. However, against the Core 2 Quads, the Core i3s suck. Except on single-threaded applications.
I heard somewhere that it has a virtual core or something of that sort?
You mean Hyperthreading. Basically on hyper-threading-enabled chips, each core can handle two threads; this means that the operating system treats each thread as a core, meaning the number of cores you 'have' is doubled. However, the Core i3 chips do not have hyperthreading. They are limited to 2 physical cores. If you want a hyperthreading-enabled dual-core CPU, you can get one of the Core i5 6xx CPUs.
Last edited by Mr. Pedantic; January 12th, 2010 at 10:36 AM.